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Bridges vs. Dental Implants

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons , 69% of Americans aged 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, tooth decay, gum disease or a failed root canal. However, losing a tooth or multiple teeth can leave you feeling self-conscious about your smile. It used to be that bridges were the solution for a gap in your smile, but with advances in periodontics, dental implants may be the best solution. Bridges For a long time, bridges were the best...

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How to Fix a ‘Gummy Smile’ – Crown Lengthening

While crown lengthening’s primary function is not to treat a condition, affectionately referred to as ‘gummy smile’, the procedure can be a solution to the problem if someone is not happy with their smile due to excess gum tissue around their upper teeth. Primarily, crown lengthening , which is a small surgical procedure performed by a periodontist, is performed when a tooth needs to be fixed. Sometimes, not enough of the tooth sticks out above the gum to support a filling or c...

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How Is Gum Disease Dangerous?

Gum disease is often attributed to lack of adequate oral care; however there are other reasons someone may suffer from gum disease, or periodontal disease , such as genetics, environmental and hormonal components. No matter what the cause, gum disease always requires treatment. Gum disease starts with gingivitis. Gingivitis is a reversible disease that involves the soft gum tissues and if left untreated, can progress to periodontitis. This stage is where the disease has broken down the supportin...

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Caring For Your Mouth After Oral Surgery

There are many reasons that oral surgery could be necessary when caring for your teeth and gums. There could be a need to extract a tooth, insert dental implants , treat gum disease , or from other issues. No matter what the case, the recovery period after oral surgery is very important to reduce the risk of infection or complications. Bleeding After surgery it is quite normal to experience light bleeding. Apply pressure with some clean gauze or a damp teabag to help with clotting. If bleeding p...

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Missing Teeth - How Dental Implants Can Help

According to the American Dental Association , some of the largest technological advances in dentistry in the past 40 years have been related to dental implants. Removable appliances, such as complete and partial dentures can take time to adjust to, and for some may never be comfortable. Dental implants can help improve both your dental health and overall quality of life when missing one or several teeth. In this article we’ll explain what dental implants are, how they can be used, and wha...

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